13 September, 2007

Monday, Nov. 22, 1926

Royalty Rambles

"As one queen to another, Denver greeted Marie of Rumania." Thus, one day last week, the Denver Post, self-styled "The Best Newspaper in the U. S.A." touched off its red-spattered front page. The city, its major streets decked with bunting in the Rumanian colors (red, blue and yellow), accorded Her Majesty perhaps the warmest welcome she had received on her American tour (TIME, Oct. 18 et seq.).

At Omaha the National Convention of Hoboes adopted last week a resolution: "It is offensive to us that the railways are providing free transportation to Queen Marie while our members are obliged to steal rides at great risk of life and limb."

From Hastings, Neb., Her Majesty spoke over a broadcasting hook-up with Eastern radio stations to His Majesty Ferdinand I., King of Rumania, who listened in at Bucharest. Said Queen Marie: "My King, it seems incredible that I should be able to talk to you from a far away land." King Ferdinand, unprovided with a trans-Atlantic patent transmitter, could not reply.

At Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Albert Isaac Beach declared at the height of a spontaneously enthusiastic reception: "This is the greatest day in the history of Kansas City!"

At St. Louis Queen Marie acted as godmother for a child of Rumanian parentage, two-year-old Marie Weber of Smackover, Ark. Before the St. Louis Women's Clubs luncheon, Her Majesty said: "I am struck with the wonderful lives of the women here."

Arriving at Chicago Queen Marie halted for a longer time than at any other stop except Manhattan: four days.

A luncheon in Her Majesty's honor at the greystone mansion of Mrs. Edith Rockefeller McCormick was actually if not officially the focus of the Chicago stop. While the ever present Rockefeller-McCormick special police prowled, the Rockefeller-McCormick gold plate was laid out for a luncheon of 80 covers. Various McCormicks, several of the Armours, and Prince and Princess Cantacuzene provided the background of local aristocracy. At the Queen's table, beaming with good nature, sat "Sam" Hill, rich railway tycoon, who had rushed to Chicago from Seattle in his private car. He has followed Queen Marie about the country, sometimes in his private car, sometimes on her private train, and announced last week his intention of continuing this procedure until Her Majesty sails for Europe in December.

Chicago Tribune columnist R. H. L. (Richard Henry Little) implored his fellow citizens last week as follows:

Now daylight bandits, a word to you,

Don't fill us full of shame

By stealing from the railroad tracks

The Queen's own special train.

Today let's don't be rude or mean,

There's naught could be absurder,

Let's keep our faces bright and clean,

And boys—now, please, no murder.


To refresh herself prior to visiting the steel mills of Gary, Indiana, Queen Marie hastened to the Chicago Racquet Club, donned a modish bathing garment, swam with vigor for ten minutes in the pool. Hastening to Gary, she viewed the mechanical operations of steel working from a glass-inclosed moving observation platform, but descended from it to stand beside the thrilling cascades of moulten metal. Amid the glare of the furnaces her regal and commanding presence was revealed at last in an approximately iridescent milieu.

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